Attractive for its deep, rich fruit and spicy aromas, this is very young, intense and complex, with tiers of currant, plum and black cherry flavors and toasty oak notes. Stylish, very complete and firmly tannic on the finish, but it should reward cellaring until 1997 to 2001.
The 1987 Napa Cabernet reveals an opaque dark purple color, and a strong yet unevolved bouquet of cassis, minerals, and toasty oak. Rich, but very tannic and full, this wine should be at its best between 1998-2010. (RP)
Bright ruby-red. Wild, complex, slightly medicinal aromas of redcurrant, meat, leather and mint. Dense, concentrated and chewy, with its muscular aspect leavened by deep sweetness. Offers lovely vinosity. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and very good length. (ST)
When the 1987 vintage was released, no winery was hotter for its Cabernets than Dunn Vineyards. The 1987 Napa seems to hold out promise still, though the wine remains pretty tough and tannic on the backend. The bouquet is complex and still quite unevolved, offering up notes of red cherries and red currants, tobacco, herbs, minerals and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, fresh and shapely on the attack, with good depth of fruit, but some hard, rustic tannins on the finish. This wine has as a strong shot of fully blossoming with time, but it will always be a race between the fruit and the tannins. I would still give it the benefit of the doubt, as the fruit remains quite impressively fresh. (Drink between 2006-2020)
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